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The Fifth Dalai Lama with Scenes from his Life, 18th century

Unknown (Central Tibet - 18th century)

opaque watercolour on cotton
67.6 x 46.2 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26841)

An inscription on the back indicates that this is the third panel of a series of images dedicated to the life of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682), whose idealized portrait appears at the centre. The surrounding scenes show his preachings at the monasteries of Dechenteng, Jampaling, Lhebu, and at Reting, which he visited in the company of his tutor, Losang Chogyen (1570-1662), the Panchen Lama. The series of thankas is derived from a cycle of mural paintings decorating the upper corridors of the Red Palace at Lhasa.

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